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Spring Arrival Ready for Fall Action
August 25, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
At 17 years old, K-State volleyball freshman Kylee Zumach found herself a long way from home.
The lone Wildcat freshman to graduate high school early, Zumach made the move from her hometown of Buffalo, Minnesota, to her new home last January to enroll at Kansas State early and begin competing with K-State volleyball.
"I came in two days after I graduated high school so it was back to back," Zumach explained. "That was pretty hard, but I actually didn't get too homesick. It was just a super quick transition going from high school to college. The workload was so much harder, working out was harder, volleyball was harder, but it's all been worth it."
A standout player at Buffalo High School, Zumach lettered on the varsity squad five years. She was named all-conference four times, conference MVP twice and all-state twice, and she helped lead her team to three straight conference titles from 2011 to 2013.
Her name is one to be remembered throughout the Buffalo High School volleyball program as, during her high school career, she set school records in career kills (1,812), solo blocks (74) and points (2,148).
Though everything was different when transitioning to college, Zumach said the family atmosphere in Manhattan helped make that transition easier.
"I love Manhattan, the people here are so nice," Zumach said with a huge smile. Her bubbly personality shined through. "I'm used to Minnesota nice, but Manhattan is just the whole next level. Everyone is so outgoing and friendly. It's just a great place to be."
Despite the fact everything was tougher than what she was used to, Zumach excelled in her first semester at K-State. She competed with the Wildcats in their spring tournament in April and helped lead the team to a win over Wichita State (25-17, 25-21) after pacing the squad with 11 kills.
A journalism and mass communications major, Zumach was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in her first semester at K-State.
"It's been really competitive. When I first got here I was really overwhelmed," Zumach explained. "I was like, 'What have I gotten myself into? I'm 17, I don't know what's going on,' but once I got acclimated to it, it went really well and it's all been super competitive, but I love it so far."
The six-foot-three outside hitter describes her game as "competitive and explosive." She said she'll bring power to the court and that she is excited for her first season in purple.
"I worked so hard to get here, and I'm going to keep working hard until I reach the top," she said. "I'm going to work to reach all my goals. Volleyball is all about teamwork, trusting your peers and hard work. I love competing. It's one of the best parts of volleyball, so I'm just so excited to get out here and start playing."